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- Oakland First Friday Street Festival
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- Black Joy Parade
- Oakland Museum White Elephant Sale
- Oakland Running Festival
- Oakland Art Month
- Oakland Greek Festival
- Art & Soul Festival
- Laurel StreetFair World Music Festival
- Oaktown Half Marathon
- Chinatown Street Festival
- Hiero Day
- Oakland Pride Parade & Festival
- Eat Real Festival
- Oakland Cocktail Week
- Rolling Loud Music Festival
- Oaktoberfest in the Dimond
- Oakland Black Cowboy Parade
- Autumn Lights Festival
- Dia de los Muertos Festival
- Black Restaurant Week
- Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker
- Taste of Temescal
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Food & Drink
Oakland From Home
Just the facts
Main strip: Macarthur Boulevard between 35th & High Street
Who dwells here: Residents looking for small locally owned businesses
Neighborhood giant: Laurel Street Fair
Where to mingle with locals: Sequioa Dinner
Walk through the Laurel arch and into a bustling neighborhood filled with shopping, events and annual street festivals.
The inside inside scoop
At one time MacArthur Boulevard was U.S. Highway 50. So as you explore Laurel, you may notice many neon signs that date back to that time period, when MacArthur was Oakland’s major thoroughfare.
How to get here
From 1-580 E, take 35th Ave exit, turn left of 35th and right on Macarthur Blvd.
From 1-580 W, exit at MacArthur Blvd/High Street, and continue on Macarthur Blvd.
Bart stop: Fruitvale Station is the closest stop, however, you’ll have to take another bus to reach the neighborhood (see actransit.org)
Bus lines: 54, 14, 805, NL, NX, NX2, NXC, 57
Arts & Culture Sightseeing Itinerary
If Brooklyn is the arts hub of the East Coast, Oakland is the arts and culture mecca of the West.
Oakland's Best Theaters
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Made by Oaklanders and for Oaklanders, for those that were born here. For those that were...
Great lattes and always crowded at breakfast and lunch with neighborhood locals.
Communitē Table is a neighborhood restaurant in the Laurel District, featuring seasonal...
Degrees Plato is a locally-owned, bottle shop, taproom, and kitchen located in the heart...
Mobile pizza trailer Fist of Flour first physical location where slices of the gourmet,...
Good Chinese food with quick delivery service. Neighborhood favorite.
Good Chinese food at an affordable price. Some customer favorites include cod with black...
Clothes, Toys, Books & Local Gifts Kids, Women & Maternity New We have many interesting...
Stylist-owned boutique specializing in fashion-forward vintage. Find rare and unique...
A great selection of micro brews, and a full liquor bar to enjoy while watching local...
Serving coffee, donuts, and sandwiches. Friendly service.
Authentic West African cuisine. Menu of suya (West African Shish Kebabs), Okele (African...
The Mills College Art Museum, founded in 1925, is a dynamic center for art that focuses on...
Locally owned and operated, Peter's Kettle Corn can be found all over the Bay Area popping...
Family owned Cambodian restaurant with a menu of a variety of curries, noodles, and...
RBA Creative is multi-purpose creative space with an art gallery, photography studio, and...
Sequoia Diner is a husband and wife owned restaurant in the Laurel District of Oakland,...
Vetiver is….. A safe place to receive healing and therapeutic bodywork, A place to receive...